[Guest post by JD]
Charles Blow sucks.
The thumbnail version is that the incident with the bus driver being bullied is analogous to how nasty and mean and racist and xenophobic and sexist and violent and hatey reichwingnuts have become.
UPDATE BY PATTERICO:
Women are under attack. Hispanics are under attack. Minority voting rights are under attack. The poor are under attack. Unsurprisingly, those doing the attacking in every case are from the right.
Seldom is power freely passed and painlessly surrendered, particularly when the traditionally powerful see the realignment as an existential threat.
The bullying on that bus was awful, but so is the bullying in our politics. Those boys were trying to exert power over a person placed there to rein them in. But bullying is always about power — projecting more than you have in order to accrue more than your share.
Good thing nobody espousing a leftist ideology ever bullies anyone!